Interestingly enough as we transition from gig-free time to full-on touring, there are artists ready to come out of hiding at just the right time. Toledo native Ben Stalets certainly has a way with words and melody that throws him into a poignant concoction that blends the rootsy sounds of Wilco, Amos Lee, Tim Buckley, and Smog. Slalets has coined the most forthright artistic statement on his new LP Everybody’s Laughing due out 8/27/21.
Stalets addresses the thorns in his side on the upcoming record, Everybody’s Laughing (WhistlePig Records) both personal and worldly. The songs were not written with an overarching theme in mind, but when it came time for the album art concept, it was the “cult leader” vibe that gave him a sense of what the underlying vision is: Collective suffering allows us to collectively suffer less.
Glide is proud to premiere the single for “Maybe Love’s Not All We Need” – a confessional anthem that sparks a cloud of hope and brass pop that reignites like a lost ’70s deep track.
“This song is pretty much the amalgamation of a series of traumatic and enlightening events that I went through to realize you need more than just “love” in your life. For example, lawyers, doctors, therapists, etc. But, if you live long enough, everyone becomes a hypocrite; so at the end I take it all back and say “maybe we will comfort us / unlike the myth’s we’ve conceived”. Which is love. Also, The Beatles. This is me trying to undo a deep cut they wrote about love being all we need,” says Stalets.